Key points of CHRB August meeting

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Frisco Bash
Frisco Bash is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Saturday, August 21, 2021

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) conducted a meeting on Wednesday, August 19th, 2021, which was available by teleconference or tuning in through an audio webcast link from the CHRB website.

The attendees included Chairman Gregory Ferraro, Vice Chair Oscar Gonzales, Commissioners Dennis Alfieri, Damascus Castellanos, Brenda Washington Davis, Wendy Mitchell, and Alex Solis.

For a full, audio replay of the Board Meeting, visit the CHRB website, under the Webcast link. 

Some of the topics discussed included progress with the Los Angeles Turf Club. They are requesting permission to conduct a race meet at Santa Anita, but licensing and timing are required. They were given deadlines to satisfy prerequisite steps in order to make it happen. 

Other points of discussion were in regards to the Los Angeles County Fair and Los Alamitos Race Course, and their plans for its racing program.

TVG was seeking authorization to amend a form of its wagering application.

The Board approved regulations over the use of furosemide for certain races. In the same direction, the Board gave approval to regulations that prohibit the use of drug corticosteroid injections to fetlock joints within 30 days of days of a race, and a 10 days of a times workout. 

The Board also authorized to distribute a certain amount of money in race day charity proceeds to five beneficiaries. 

The following are capsule-summaries of key points made in the meeting.

  • Los Angeles Turf Club (II) has been approved to conduct a race meet at Santa Anita, with programs running from October 1 through October 31st. However, if Santa Anita fails to finalize the agreement with the specific trainers before then, the application will be reconsidered at next month's September 15 meeting of the board. The report does not say what happens if it is finalized between September 15th and October 1st.

  • Los Angeles County Fair at Los Alamitos Race course with racing programs has been approved, with racing programs beginning September 10th and ending September 26th.

  • Certain racing secretaries between Santa Anita and Los Alamitos have been authorized to establish conditions on races which limit the administration of certain medications and certain procedures. 

  • TVG was authorized to amend its wagering application in order to process wagers with Del Mar. The change is intended to affect the Del Mar Pacific Coast Betting Challenge, The Del Mar Handicapping contest on September 4, both Breeder's Cup Betting Challenges on November 5 & 6, and another Del Mar Handicapping contest on November 27th. 

  • Executive Director Scott Chaney reported that next month, the Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee is to "begin the process of contemplating a regulation" that would seek to penalize trainers for fatalities of horses in their care.

"The regulation will seek to both recognize that there are some fatalities that are outside the control of trainers and would occur in any live animal population such as those due to some accidents and sickness, but also acknowledge that trainers are in the best position to prevent catastrophic musculo-skeletal failures," he explained.

"We will begin this process at the committee level because, as far as I know, this would be the first rule of its kind (anywhere in North America) and because we expect and anticipate a fair amount of discussion and input from all horse racing constituencies."

  • Los Alamitos Equine Sale Company has been authorized to conduct a sale of yearlings and mixed stock on October 2 & 3 and Los Alamitos.

Read the full summary from CHRB's 8-18-21 Actions and Discussions. 

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